Just a Thought on Revelation 12 (Part 7)

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Introduction: In our last study we saw that old dragon, the devil, and his angels, cast down to earth. The accuser of the brethren, the devil, is removed. No longer does he have access to the Throne of God to accuse us before our Heavenly Father. We saw also the rejoicing that brought in the courts of glory.

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Now we come to see the victory that is ours, we are overcomers. But we also see that this earth is in for it as Satan is cast down to earth.

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Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

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  1. “they overcame him”
    1. Thus we see the path to victory.

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  1. Three types of Christians:
    1. Every Christian overcomes “by the blood of the Lamb”: 1 Peter 1:18-19 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; [19] But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

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  • Not every Christian testifies for the Savior, but some do.
    • Those who do overcome “by the word of their testimony”

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  • Those who testify do not all love the Lord Jesus Christ above their own lives, their own families, and the world
    • But there are some that “loved not their lives unto the death”

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  1. “by the blood of the Lamb”
    1. We overcome by the blood of the Lamb: old fashioned, “Plead the blood.”

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  • Our victory is in the Lamb of God: Romans 8:33-34, 37 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.  Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us…Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

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  • Overcome the devil through the blood of the Lamb, the devil hates the blood of the Lamb.

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Revelation 12:12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

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  1. “Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them”
    1. A time for rejoicing for us as believers.
    1. Victory in heaven.
    1. What’s good news for the believer is bad news for the world:

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  • “Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! “
    • Good news for believers, bad news for “the inhabiters of the earth.”
      • Hear the warning: “Woe”

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  1. For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath”
    1. Why the warning?
      1. Devil comes down to earth
      1. Comes with great wrath
        1. Devil doesn’t like when he doesn’t get his way.
        1. He is a rebel, running out of time.

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  • Now the world is going to see the fury of the wicked one.
    • These last 3 ½ years of Tribulation will be terrifying.
    • Ending of his time: cf. Matthew 8:29 And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?

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  • Devil knows not much time to cause trouble for God
    • Devil knows he is not in charge

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  • “inhabiters of the earth”
    • These are not pilgrims, sojourners
      • As believers are:
        • 1 Peter 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

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  • Only residence: 1 John 4:5-6 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.  [6] We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

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  • “he hath but a short time”
    • Limited, not limitless.
    • Knows that all shall come to a screeching halt.
    • Reaction in his fury:

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Revelation 12:13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.

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  1. Absolute hatred for Israel

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  1. Devil knows he is going to lose the kingdoms of this world: Revelation 11:15.

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  • Certainty of the promise to Israel: cp. Acts 1:16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.

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  1. Cp. Jeremiah 33:8 And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they have sinned against me; and I will pardon all their iniquities, whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have transgressed against me.

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  1. God is going to turn from the Gentiles to Israel yet in the future.

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  1. The devil knows that he is going to lose to Israel’s God and Israel, hates it.

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Conclusion: What we saw?

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We see next the flight of Israel.

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